Ania Boniecka, 25, is a blogger (aniab.net) and accountant from Calgary who gravitates toward fashion pieces with a rock ‘n’ roll edge. Listing Kate Moss and Lara Stone as her style icons, here she confesses her closet secrets and most coveted hometown finds.
Hometown style: “I think it’s a tie between the business suit and a winter coat and boots. Everyone that loves fashion here knows what looks best on them and rocks whatever works for their individual style.”
Retail essentials: “We just got our first Michael Kors and Burberry stores at Chinook [Centre], which are both amazing. Local boutiques like Shisomiso and Mealan also cater to the fashion conscious crowds. Calgary’s own Fashion Central is a great place to browse and find local as well as more established designers.” Check out Wolford, Lara Presber and Betsey Johnson.
Hot picks: I don’t drink coffee, so I go to where the hot chocolate is tasty. My favorite so far has been Higher Ground. I go there when I want to sit down and people watch.”
Best brunch: “Local 510 serves a delicious brunch menu. I also love 1886 Buffalo Café near Eau Claire market for their great breakfasts.”
Chop chop: “I always go to HedKandi Salon. They carry my favourite product, Bumble and Bumble, and their stylists are amazing. The owner, Jereme Bokitch, always makes me feel very welcome.”
Spring shopping list: “I just recently splurged on a one-piece floral jumper that is just asking to be worn. I love wearing dresses sans the black opaque tights, as well as oversized T-shirts and shorts. I also bought these amazing metal wedges but I am too scared to wear them in the snow, because I’m afraid they will rust.”
Signature scent: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Visual inspiration: “[Holt Renfrew’s] visual team has made me addicted to going and checking their new window displays.”
Closet staples: “I love all my designer bags. I realized after many of my cheapies broke that it’s a great investment in the end to own only a couple really good bags. My latest purchase is the Chanel wallet on a chain.”
This article originally appeared in the March issue of FLARE